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Bell Hill Vineyards

Old Weka Pass Road Pinot Noir 2016

Always a treat to try a Bell Hill Pinot Noir. Quite light in colour. Wonderful florals of violet, roses and a stalky whole bunch note - a nose reminiscent of Vosne Romanee. A light to medium weight palate showing more body than the colour would indicate. Strong Sous Bois character with red fruits and great persistence. I have very few wines from Canterbury NZ but on this showing, should have more. This is Bell Hill’s 2nd ranked Cuvée. I have a few bottles of their 1st ranked Cuvée but they need more cellar time before popping the cork, as does this Old Weka Pass 2016. A great Pinot with further potential. — 11 hours ago

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Nautilus Estate

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

From the Haro-Lumia Taster’s Dozen. Subtle, caressing, yet bursting with melon, citrus, and lime. Mouthwatering and leaves you wanting more. Amazing effort. A WS Top 100 and well deserved. — 9 days ago

Steve, Daniel and 1 other liked this

Man O' War Vineyards

Dreadnought Waiheke Island Syrah 2017

Quite interesting. This had all the hallmarks of cool climate with that more bloody iron-like palate. — 21 days ago

Daniel, MaJ and 10 others liked this

Kumeu River

Maté's Vineyard Chardonnay

Plush and intriguing. Drinking very well at age 10, this is one of my favorite Chardonnays. Notes similar to last time with a slight oiliness. — 10 days ago

romo, Ely and 12 others liked this

Cloudy Bay

Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Ron R
9.5

Staring down the barrel of home workouts once again, sigh...
I think vintage received rave reviews from WS, and for good reason. The nose presents blossom, lychee and jasmine. Palate is vibrant and energetic. Beautiful, exotic delineation, with pineapple and limestone.perfect sweetness with racy acidity. Excellence from NZ.
— 5 days ago

Daniel, Stef and 51 others liked this
Jody Scharf

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A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Ron
Hugh O'Riordan

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I visited this winery a few years ago while birding in NZ. A good place with great wine. We bought a mixed case and drank it all the way to Stewart island. A really great wine.
Ron R

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@Jody Scharf, I’m a little late, but hope you and yours had a great one, too.
@Hugh O'Riordan, Cloudy Bay wines are a point of reference in our book. Not made it to NZ tho, yet!

Pelee Island Winery

Shiraz Cabernet 2018

Pleasantly surprised - for the price, this is def a good purchase. Smooth, even a bit sweet, this blend would stand up to spaghetti or Mexican, but also be a pleasant stand-alone sipping red. Yes, buy more. — 6 days ago

Mt. Beautiful

North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc

2018 vintage - melon/ lime citrus , not typical NZ Sauv .Blanc 13.5 % ABV — 12 days ago

Josh, Bob and 7 others liked this

Man O' War Vineyards

Bellerophon Syrah Viognier 2014

Has a couple years age which has done it well. Granite, black pepper, sour cherry, charred grapefruit, blackberry, game. Medium minus body. Mouthwatering. Enjoyed!! — a day ago

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Jake Hajer

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Has a couple years age which has done it well. Granite, black pepper, sour cherry, charred grapefruit, blackberry, game. Medium minus body. Mouthwatering. Enjoyed!!
Jake Hajer

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Has a couple years age which has done it well. Granite, black pepper, sour cherry, charred grapefruit, blackberry, game. Medium minus body. Mouthwatering. Enjoyed!!
Jake Hajer

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Good with a little age. A baby cote rotie. Medium minus body. Sour cherry, black pepper, charred grapefruit, mouthwatering. game. Enjoyed!!

Greywacke

Kevin Judd Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Wonderful as always! Grapefruit, lemon, kiwifruit, hints of tropical fruits, big acidity, grass & minerals. Balance is spot on! — 10 days ago

Eric, David and 17 others liked this
Sharon B

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@Dawn E. Just how I like my Sauv Blanc!
Trixie

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🥂Enjoy!

Allan Scott

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Wow, Passion fruit and Gooseberry on the nose then a same perceivable tropical fruits on the palate with balanced, tasty acidity — 16 days ago

Rhonely, Doctor and 15 others liked this